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Raj Bhavan MP : Nawabs of Bhopal Anecdotes

Nawabs of bhopal - anecdotes





Nawab Sikandar Jahan Begum

After marriage, she started building her own palace Hawa Mahal. On the southern end of the proposed construction was a small house of a Hindu. When the Begum was informed of this, she asked that the Hindu be paid his desired price and the house be purchased from him. However, the house owner was in no mood to sell off his house. His caste people and the government officials tried to influence him a lot. However, he did not agree to either selling off the house or settling for a new accommodation elsewhere. When the Begum was informed of this, she ordered that the Hindu should not be pressurized anymore. She decreed that the Hawa Mahal be constructed in such a manner that the Hindu's house remains intact. Today, because of improper care, the Hawa Mahal is practically non-existent. However, that Hindu subject's house is still standing there, a gratifying and soothing reminder of the Begum's soft-heartedness and benevolence.

Nawab Shah Jahan Begum

When Sir Griffin (Political Agent to the British) visited Bhopal, he remarked that the Begum was removed from her people because of her veil. The Begum quickly replied that she had had interviews with the Prince of Wales, Lord Lyton, Lord Ripon and Lord Dufferin while she was behind the purdah, but they never objected to her veil.

During Sir Griffin's tenure, relations between the State of Bhopal and the British government were strained. This was because of Nawab Siddique Hasan Khan's (husband of Begum Shahjahan) staunch support for political freedom of the country. On Oct 24, 1886, the British government banned all his acts and withdrew his title. At this, Begum got upset and stormed out of the durbar, saying angrily, 'Griffin is worthless than the dirt off my shoes'.

Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum

On 4th Feb 1922, Prince of Wales arrived in Bhopal. The Begum arranged a banquet and announced that, in honour of the prince's visit, she was giving a constitution to her people made on the lines of British reforms in India. She declared establishment of an Executive Council of the state and a Legislative Council.

Nawab Hamidullah Khan

In 1942 there was a severe effect of bad weather on the standing crops, and the production of wheat was severly affected.
  • On hearing this, he sent his Prime Minister to personally check and assess the damage.
  • On receiving confirmation of widespread distress, he ordered for wheat supplies to be arranged from Punjab, Bhagalpur, etc.
  • Trucks laden with wheat used to come to the villages for disbursement
  • There was no ceiling of quantum of wheat for disbursement
The people were highly enamoured of him.
  • On one occasion, the residents of Sehore expressed their desire to play Holi with him
  • The Nawab obliged them by coming to play Holi at Sehore on the day after Holi
  • The residents revelled and enjoyed it
  • This tradition can still be observed at Sehore, where Holi is played a day after the actual festival even today
For the festival of Dussehra, a big group used to assemble at the place which is the present Bus Stand of Bhopal. This included the cavalry and infantry of the Bhopal army, who used to lead the procession. Finally, the group used to proceed to the Ram Leela grounds for the fireworks display and celebrations.